Projects & Events

Terminal Expansion Project

WHY IS THE PROJECT NEEDED: Phase 1 of a multi-year terminal expansion project has begun. In the last 6 years passenger traffic has increased 23% at the Helena Airport.  The airline industry is also experiencing a fleet conversion at small airports across the country as smaller 50 seat aircraft are being replaced with 76 seat and larger aircraft. The larger aircraft size requires additional ramp space and, as airlines move away from ground-boarded propeller aircraft, all airlines currently flying into the Helena Airport will require jet bridge boarding.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT: 20,000 square feet of new space will be added inside of the secured area past the TSA checkpoint. This space will provide additional seating for up to 500 passengers, along with the ability to serve 6 aircraft simultaneously through new jet bridges. Other improvements include additional restrooms, as well as family restrooms, the new Smokejumper Landing, which will be expanded and provide much needed restaurant seating, two new elevators to assist passengers, upgraded IT features, and soft seating areas among other amenities.  The TSA screening checkpoint will also be relocated out of the lobby and into the level 1 expansion. This relocation will provide space for 2 screening lanes with options for a 3rd lane as passenger numbers grow.

WHEN WILL IT BE COMPLETED: The project is being completed in 3 phases over a period of 2 years to allow for continued operations during construction. The project began in July of 2018 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.

PROJECT COST AND FUNDING SOURCE: The terminal expansion project is being funded by a combination of airport revenues and funds from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement (AIP) and Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Programs. There are NO LOCAL TAXES OR MIL LEVIES used to fund any Airport project. The AIP Funds are derived from fees collected from airline ticket sales, aviation fuel sales, and air cargo waybills and must be used on approved infrastructure project such as our current terminal expansion. In addition, a $4.50 per passenger PFC, another FAA approved program, also provides funds for infrastructure improvements.

PROJECT TEAM:

Owner: Helena Regional Airport Authority

Architects: CWG Architects of Helena, Price, Simpson & Harvey Architects

Engineering/Project Management: Morrison Maierle Engineers of Helena

General Contractor: Dick Anderson Construction of Helena

Sub-Contractors:

ANDERSON STEEL SUPPLY INC

ARCO BUILDERS, INC

ATS FACILITY SYSTEMS

BARGREEN-ELLINGSON, INC

CONTRACT DESIGN ASSOCIATES

CRAFTMASTER CABINETS, INC.

FINISHING TOUCH CLEANING LLC

FRONTLINE GLASS INC

GALLATIN VALLEY ELEVATOR, LLC

GRUBER MASONRY INC.

G & S MECHANICAL USA, INC

HARRINGTONS FLOOR COVERING INC

HELENA INSULATION INC

HELENA SAND & GRAVEL

IT&M DIVISION INC

JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORP

JUST RITE ACOUSTICS, INC

K2 SECURITY SOLUTIONS GROUP

MERIT MECHANICAL SERVICES INC

RDJ BROTHERS, INC

MOCKEL PRECAST

SMITTY’S FIREPLACE SHOP, INC.

SPARROW ENTERPRISES

SUMMIT ROOFING INC

T & L PAINTING INC

TRI-COUNTY MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL

LANTEK, INC   

PHASE 1 COMPLETED AND IN USE
PHASE 2 UNDER CONSTRUCTION